Authors & Illustrators

This year’s Authors & Illustrators Night is Friday, January 25, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m


Online Registration Begins Monday, January 7th
Click HERE for Authors & Illustrators Registration

Online registration begins on Monday, January 7 Pre-registration is required and space is limited for this fun, family event.  We have a great line-up this year of writers and illustrators eager to inspire kids of all ages with their creative, hands-on workshops.

Schedule: Check-in begins at 5:30 in front of the auditorium. At 6 p.m., the program will begin in the Auditorium.  After the workshops, we will have our Authors Cafe in the auditorium where our authors and illustrators will sign their books. There will also be hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments for everyone.


Workshop #1: Grades K-1st: 

Scott Campbell creates paintings, illustrations, comics, kid’s books and video games. He has worked as the Art Director on such games as the critically acclaimed Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. Alongside this career in games, he has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. Some of his most notable projects include the GREAT SHOWDOWNS series, “Igloo Head and Tree Head” series for the Flight Anthology, Double Fine Action Comics, Hickee Comics, and numerous children’s books. 

 Workshop #2: Grades 1st – 3rd: 

Steve Fawley is a visual artist, author, and life-long surfer who has collaborated with companies such as Samsung, Google, Levi Strauss, Quiksilver, and Red Bull. His most recent commission comprises 100 paintings for the new Hotel Current in Long Beach California and he has had more than 40 art exhibitions in six countries. His book “Something Amazing” teaches children of all ages about friendship and love and his incredible large-scale murals can be seen throughout Long Beach.

Workshop #3: Grades 1st-3rd: 

Chris Robertston has worked as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers and as a storyboard director for Nickelodeon Animation Studios.  Chris’ books include Amazon’s Best Sellers, “I’ll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich”, “Kit and Kaboodle” and “My Yellow Umbrella.” His new  book, “If I Didn’t Have You” was published in April 2018 from Simon & Schuster.

Workshop #4: Grades 2nd-4th: 

Seth Fishman is an author and graduate of Princeton University. He spends his days as a literary agent at The Gernert Company and his nights (and mornings) writing.  His book “A Hundred Billion Stars” was the winner of the 2018 Mathical Book Prize and was named a Best Book of the year by, The Horn Book, and The Planetary Society.   

Workshop #5: Grades 2nd-4th: 

Eugene Yelchin is a Newberry Honor Award winning author and illustrator who was born in Russia and attended USC. His art has appeared in magazines and newspapers as well as many advertising campaigns. He was award the Newberry Honor Award for Breaking Stalin’s Nose, a book he wrote and illustrated. His other titles include The Haunting Of Falcon House, Elephant In The Dark and The Noisy Little Rooster. His latest book, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge was released in September 2018 and was a National Book Award Finalist. 

Workshop #6: Grades 4th-5th:  

Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of YA novels Lucy the Giant, Sparrow, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Flygirl and Orleans. Her bestselling novel, The Toymaker’s Apprentice  is the Southern California Booksellers Association Award winner for Middle Grade. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. She worked in stop-motion animation on Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!, and spent three years at Disney TV Animation, helping to create stories for animated home video projects.

Workshop #7: Grades 4th-5th: 

Doreen Spicer Donnelly is an author, writer, and producer in television and film, best known for Disney Channel’s “The Proud Family” and “Jump In!” She also created the international teen sitcom, “The Wannabes Starring Savvy.” Doreen continues to develop inclusive content and girl empowerment projects under the auspices of Spicerack Productions Inc. and her debut novel “Love Double Dutch” was included in School Library Journal’s 2018 list of Middle Grade Books to Have On Your Radar. 

 We will make every effort to place you in your first choice; however, workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please note that this a family event and we fully encourage parents to create along with their children.  Childcare is not provided.  Questions? Contact [email protected]

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